See 19 of the Cutest and Most Bizarre #DogsInPaintings in Art History
The finest examples of man's best friend ever depicted with a brush.
If you love art, dogs, and Twitter, today is your day.
The English art museum Compton Verney is on to something with its celebration of depictions of canines, in its #DogsInPaintings hashtag, now trending on Twitter.
Here is the tweet that started it all:
The Ashmolean Museum reminds us that dogs in art are nothing new:
We love this little guy, from London’s National Gallery:
Marilyn Rust reminisces about this sentimental fave:
Even mighty emperors loved dogs in art. Below is an album leaf painting by Zhu Zhanji (Emperor Xuanzong), who ruled as the Xuande Emperor from 1426-1435:
The manuscript illuminators who decorated the Book of Kells had a thing for furry creatures:
This terrier has an important call to make, it seems:
Hot dogs … get it?
Back to regular dogs with this stunning Bronzino:
One of art history’s most iconic works harbors a snoozing doggie:
The National Gallery points out that dogs serve a symbolic function:
Aw, cute. Look. Dogs acting like people!
Note the dog collar motif in this clever brooch:
The Ashmolean comes through with this 1931 ink and color on silk hanging scroll:
The great art critic John Ruskin wasn’t above a little anthropomorphizing:
Most lovable dog ever?
Dogs can be modern too, curator Imogen Gibbon says:
Here’s a classic:
It’s always sunny … when man’s best friend is around.
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